Category: Wild Card

Random bits that just don’t fit anywhere else.

Secretly Worried That Your Child Isn’t Smart?

I get it.  Worry is written into the job description of being a parent.   And if your child struggles with academics, like reading, writing, or arithmetic, you’ve likely worried, at least a little, about the future.   Of course, I’m sure you wouldn’t admit this out loud, but have you ever secretly wondered:   …

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Power Up Your Child’s Sight Word Practice – Part 3

It’s time to get silly with sight words!  In Power Up Your Child’s Sight Word Practice – Part 1 you identified exactly which words cause your young learner difficulty while reading.  In Part 2 you strengthened sight word recognition by playing a quick and easy DIY game.  Now in part 3 of 3 get ready …

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Power Up Your Child’s Sight Word Practice – Part 2

In Power Up Your Child’s Sight Word Practice – Part 1 we discussed one effective strategy for identifying which sight words may interfere with your child’s reading fluency.  Here in Part 2 we move into a slightly more engaging way to improve sight word recognition, especially recognition of those words that you uncovered in Part …

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Power Up Your Child’s Sight Word Practice – Part 1

Whether your child is just learning sight words or is starting to show signs of trouble reading them, I have three quick and easy ideas for you to help strengthen sight word recognition.   And hey, why don’t we throw in a little bit of processing speed work while we’re at it?   Timed Sight …

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Guiding Our Children Back to Character

It was the year 2016.  In the United States, it was the year of the Strangest.  Election.  Ever.  We survived it of course, and by that I mean the presidential election finally ended.  Hallelujah!   Okay, enough with the melodrama.  Still, parents across the nation, regardless of candidate preference, worried about the negative after-effects that …

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A Surprise Lesson for The Books, and for Parents

If you happen to love physical books as much as I do, then be prepared to gasp at what I’m about to share with you.   Recently I mustered up the courage to do the unthinkable.   I placed my entire collection of books into a pile.   The books that I’ve been collecting for …

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To Say Or Not To Say Dyslexia

We call them by many names.  Learning differences.  Learning difficulties.  Learning disabilities.  Reading disabilities. Learning disorders.  Learning struggles.  Learning challenges.  Unique learning styles…   Oy!     Regardless of what we call them, they do have a way of making the lives of young learners and their families rather miserable.  Especially when it comes time …

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